This Week in Upper School 1/8/2021

Pooled Saliva Testing is “in the Bag”

We are grateful to the AEC COVID Response Team for the precise planning and smooth execution of the pooled saliva testing for COVID-19 conducted this week. Further, we are indebted to the AEC Board of Trustees for investing in this vital surveillance to ensure our community of faculty, students, and staff are healthy and safe to return to campus for face-to-face teaching and learning. Most importantly, we are elated with the helpful, organized, and positive responses our families gave when asked to engage in our drive-through “sit, spit, and split” on Wednesday, January 6.  Mirimus Labs has our samples in hand and is currently in the process of conducting their tests. Those results, and our follow up, will help ensure that you -- our families -- can be confident in the safety of our return to face-to-face instruction on January 11.  Thank you for your support and cooperation!


Calling All Writers to the Brett Fonfa Writing Contest! 

By Jen Nails


AEC cordially invites our Upper School students to submit their original works of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction writings to the Second Annual Brett Fonfa Writing Contest. The theme for this year's contest is "Resilience." The event opens today and closes Friday, March 12. To support our middle and high school students as they prepare their submission pieces for the contest, we are providing some optional opportunities for students to receive feedback on their work, prior to entry: Zoom workshops and one-on-one meetings.


Zoom workshops will be held on the following Tuesdays: January 19, and 26; and February 2, 9, 16, and 23, from 3:15 to 4:15. Connect via this Zoom link (Meeting ID: 578 147 4010  Passcode: 269413).  Ms. Nails will facilitate and provide writing prompts, structural suggestions, and content advice. Students are invited to join the Zoom during the hour time slot when it is convenient for them. 


One-on-one meetings can be conducted at any time between January 11 and March 8. Students may share writing with Ms. Nails via Google Drive ( Once a student's writing has been received, Ms. Nails will read through and send comments and suggestions at her earliest convenience. 


Students, share your story of resilience and help us honor Brett’s legacy!

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